If Only You Knew Her

Most of the time I sit here wishing you could all come over and hang out with Olivia for a while and really get to know her. Even though I feel like I do a good job of describing her, there’s no replacement for actually knowing her.

I look at her and how she’s dressed so cute and her hair is just so with her beautiful brown eyes magnified by those adorable tortoise-shell glasses and I think to myself, if only you knew her. If only you could be here in the morning to see her eat her oatmeal, watch Tom and Jerry and giggle and walk to the bus all by herself. If you knew her, your eyes would tear up watching her walk to the bus and climb those stairs solo too. You wouldn’t be able to stand how cute she is each and every morning.

When she gets home from school, she practically floats off the bus, she’s so excited. I get a big bear hug and a kiss and a “HI MOM!!! I missed you today!”. If you knew her, you’d light up too when she gets off the bus and greets you. She tells me a little about her day and asks for her favorite TV show. Her shoes can’t come off fast enough as she heads upstairs or grabs the remote in the family room. I love reading about her day and how she can’t wait to get her pjs and slippers on. She runs upstairs to greet her “friends”…the pile of stuffed animals on her bed. If only you knew her, you’d just shake your head and laugh over how cute she is, how animated she is, how far she’s come
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At dinner, she eats like an animal, but she eats all by herself. Shesometimes uses a spoon but it’s so much easier to use her hands. After she’s eaten just enough, she requests Oreos. She’s even started getting them off the top shelf of the pantry herself. Can you even believe she’s that tall? You watch her make a mess dipping her Oreos in milk after she’s scraped off all of the Double Stuff. You don’t care that it’s messy because it bring she so much joy. If you knew her, you wouldn’t mind the mess either.

At bed time, she just revels in stories. She loves books, she loves to read. The funnier the book, the better for Olivia. If there are silly noises, you’ll win her over. I love reading books to her and making her laugh. It’s time to tuck her in and a million kisses doesn’t feel like enough to match her cuteness and loveliness. If you knew her, you’d just want to eat her up too. Most nights, you can’t believe how things work out and how you’re the luckiest mom in the whole world. If you knew her, you’d thank your lucky stars too.

If you knew her, you’d consider yourself lucky, you’d be head over heels in love and you wouldn’t even want to let her go.

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13 responses to “If Only You Knew Her

  1. Beautiful as always! You have a way of capturing who she truly is and you are both so inspiring. You are lucky to have eachother!

  2. I feel like I know her because I have the male version šŸ™‚ Cooper will do ANYTHING to get to his Oreos! I just love hearing about your sweet Olivia and hope we can meet her soon!

  3. Tiffany- You brought me to tears! I have only just met her this school year via Zack! I already can’t wait to pick him up again to say “hi” to her again! Your words are so touching–The love between a Momma & her daughter!

  4. So beautiful! Amazingly, your words make me feel as if I do know her, and yes, now adore her. And you.

  5. I feel like I do know her since I have my very own special Olivia and she has so many similar qualities. Her smile, her laugh, her joy at life in general. Her sass, her sense of style, her snuggles.

    Thank you, as always, for sharing Olivia with us.

  6. I love reading your posts! I already feel like I know Oivia and adore her as well!

  7. Yes!!!! Thank you for another wonderful post!

  8. Delightful angel child and her lovely mother,
    I wish my daughters and I could get to visit with you both!!!

  9. you do a great job of describing her to us. I love the visual of her with her beloved oreos šŸ™‚ what a sweetie.

  10. This right here! I think every parent with a special needs child longs for everyone to see past their exterior and into their real personality. You do a wonderful job of describing Olivia, and she sounds like a delightful person, someone who would make a great friend.

    Even though I’ve never met her in real life, I feel honored to see Olivia through your eyes.

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  12. YES! I know exactly what you mean by that “cuteness” in the morning. I was just experiencing that this past week. I told all of my little guy’s therapists how cute it was to wake up and see him sitting up in his bed with his matching pjs. Nothing cuter than a kid in pjs – unless it’s your very own kid you never thought would be able to sit up in bed in those stinkin’ cute pjs!

    I see EXACTLY what you describe about Olivia in her eyes and smile in the photos you share here. I just love how she tells you she missed you each and every day. Ah. That just killed me.

    I honestly felt the loving energy radiating from this post. I’m keeping it in my heart for the rest of the day!

    And, please, let’s pray for one day for me to get to know Olivia FOR REAL!

  13. I love the way you write about your kids. And I love Oreos almost as much as she does, and I make a huge mess when i eat them. MMmmmm….

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